Major Frederick Emilius Roberts
OBE (1924) DSO (1916) MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Lond)
13 Sep 1878 [Uxbridge Middlesex] – 25 Apr 1952
Major Frederick Emilius Roberts was the son of Dr C Roberts MRCS. He was educated at Malvern and St George’s Hospital London. He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 31 January 1905.
While serving in Malta at the Military Hospital Valletta, he became the Honorary Secretary of the Mediterranean Skiff Club which was formed in 1905. His sailing dingy the Midget frequently sailed to victory. The Mediterranean Skiff Club remained in existence until 1916 when it was wound up owing to the majority of its military members being deployed on active service.
Hes served in France with the British Expeditionary Force and was mentioned in Field Marshal Lord French dispatch of 30 November 1915 for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He also commanded at Stationary Hospital in Palestine.
Major Frederick Emilius Roberts married Gladys Helen, daughter of Mr W E Whitehouse and had two daughters. He served in Malta for five years.
31 Jan 1905 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation; posted to Aldershot. Confirmed in rank in July 1905.
Feb 1906 Change of Station from Aldershot to Malta.
10 Feb 1906 Arrived from England.
May 1906 On duty at the Military Hospital Valletta.
Relieved Lt Percy Arnold Lloyd Jones at Ghajn Tuffieha Camp.
July 1906 On duty at Valletta Military Hospital.
Jan 1907 On duty at Valletta military hospital.
10 Feb 1907 On Home leave.
3 Apr 1907 Returned from leave.
Jan 1908 On duty at Valletta.
3 May 1908 On Home leave.
25 July 1908 Returned from leave.
31 July 1908 Promoted Captain RAMC.
1909 On duty at Valletta.
28 Mar 1910 Birth of a daughter Brenda Alice Marie Roberts to Frederick Emilius Roberts and Gladys Helen resident at 16 Ghar id dud Sliema. The child was baptised on 24 April 1910.
27 Aug 1910 On Home leave.
16 Nov 1910 Returned from leave.
22 Mar 1911 On Home leave.
May 1911 Change of Station from Malta to Edinburgh.
June 1911 Change of Station from Edinburgh to Stobs Camp.
Sep 1911 Change of Station from Stobs Camp to Edinburgh.
Oct 1912 Change of Station from Edinburgh to Royal Army Medical College.
1913 Appointed Specialist in State Medicine.
July 1913 Change of Station from Royal Army Medical College to Shorncliffe.
28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.
4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.
19 Aug 1914–1915 Served with the British Expeditionary Force in France.
26 Aug 1915 Temporary Major RAMC.
15 Oct 1915 Promoted Major RAMC.
Nov 1915 Major F E Roberts RAMC was mentioned in Field Marshal Lord French dispatch of 30 November 1915 for gallant and distinguished service in the field.
14 Jan 1916 Made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) with effect from 1 January 1916.
1 Nov 1916–23 May 1919 Acting Lieutenant Colonel RAMC. Served in Egypt. Was in command of a Stationary Hospital in Palestine.
1921–1923 Served in Mesopotamia (invalided).
3 June 1924 Appointed an Officer of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
20 Sep 1928 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.
1927–1929 Served in India (invalided).
18 Jan 1930 Retired to retired pay on account of ill health.
- Entry No: 421. Drew R, 1968. Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army 1660–1960, Vol II Roll of Officers in the RAMC 1898–1960 London, Wellcome Historical Library.
- Succession Books Vol XXII, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
- O'Moore C., and Humphris E. M., The VC and DSO Vol III from 1 January 1916 to 12 June 1923.